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Is atherosclerosis from fatty deposit build up? How do chunks break off?

Is atherosclerosis from fatty deposit build up? How do chunks break off?

Plaque rupture: Atherosclerosis is deposition of cholesterol within the wall if the artery. When it becomes large enough it can break though the surface and release small particles into the blood stream. These particles travel into the next organ in line (brain:stroke) (heart : mi) and can cause the whole artery to thrombose. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a condition in which a person has build-up of fat, cholesterol, and other substances in the walls of his arteries. Over the years, these substances build-up to form hardened spots called plaques, which can break off pieces of itself and clog arteries downstream ...Read more


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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a condition where fatty deposits associated with atherosclerosis from within the coronary arteries?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a condition where fatty deposits associated with atherosclerosis from within the coronary arteries?

Coronary Disease: In young, healthy individuals the inner lining of the blood vessels is clean and smooth. Overtime, for many reasons, the inner surface of the heart blood vessels (coronary arteries) may start becoming bumpy/lumpy due to fat (cholesterol) deposits called "atherosclerotic plaque". This condition increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. ...Read more

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How does the build up of plaque in someone with atherosclerosis cause the hardening of the arteries?

How does the build up of plaque in someone with atherosclerosis cause the hardening of the arteries?

Not the same things: Plaque buildup (atherosclerosis) in the arteries can make them less flexible, but the old term "hardening of the arteries" (arteriosclerosis) is usually attributed to a decrease in flexibility of the vessel wall even without any plaque present. It is more related to the collagen/structure of the vessel wall themselves. The utility of this term is waning as medicine advances. ...Read more

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How much does saturated fat put you at risk for atherosclerosis?

How much does saturated fat put you at risk for atherosclerosis?

A lot: Putting it simply, it is one of the main elements or factors in the development of arterioesclerosis. ...Read more

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Please help, how much saturated fat puts you at risk for atherosclerosis?

Any: There's no magic threshold where once you cross over it you're at risk. It's a continuous line -- the higher up the line you are the more you are at risk. The lower you limit your intake, the healthier you will be. Control glucose, BP weight and lipids as well. ...Read more

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Does a normal CT Calcium Score Scan eliminate possibility of Atherosclerosis plaque build up in arteries?

Does a normal CT Calcium Score Scan eliminate possibility of Atherosclerosis plaque build up in arteries?

Not entirely: Usually, a calcium score >100 indicates that calcium deposits are present & that coronary heart disease/obstruction is likely present. Scores between 0 & 100 are considered normal, but this may just indicate a very small amount of calcium that hasn't progressed to disease yet. At your age, follow heart disease prevention--non-smoking, healthy eating/exercise, not calcium score. Good wishes:) ...Read more

Dr. Steven Busuttil
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Blocked Arteries (Definition)

Blocked arteries is a condition in which a person has decreased or no blood flow in one or more of his arteries, due to obstructions inside the artery such as thick plaques, floating clumps of broken plaques, blood clots, etc... Severe compression due to a problem on the outside of an artery can also ...Read more